Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Six? What happened to seven?!

(That line was from "Spaceballs," for those of you who don't own 1000 movies.)

Romelie is big into counting right now. Really loves it. But she never says "seven." Seven does not exist. 1 2 3 4 5 6...8 9 10. That's how she counts. On the one hand, I'm extraordinarily impressed that my 20-month old can almost count to 10. I don't have a lot of other kids to compare her with, but it seems pretty amazing to me. On the other hand, what's the deal with seven? Because it's two syllables? She doesn't seem to have a problem with "Jeffy" or "Elmo" or "Chason."

Recent news and events: we had an awesome return visit from Mr. Pinkeye. Even though I put the drops diligently into Romelie's eyes for an entire week, pinkeye returned within 2 days - and this time I got it, too. Fun fun fun. Knock on wood, it seems to be gone this time.

Also, Romelie had an allergic reaction to something she ate on Saturday. She got a purply-red...rash-looking thing all around her mouth and chin as she was finishing lunch. Problem is, that day she'd eaten milk, wheat, strawberries, egg, and peanut butter. Pretty much every top allergic-reaction-provoking food except shellfish. We've already ruled out milk and wheat, and strawberries are pretty unlikely since she'd actually had that for breakfast four hours earlier. So...cross your fingers it's not a peanut allergy, because if you didn't already know, those STINK. We're going to test out all the other foods one at a time over the next couple weeks (doctor's recommendation), and if none of those produce the same reaction, I'm holding off on peanut butter. It seems too scary to feed her peanut butter and pray her throat doesn't close up or something. Maybe I'll give it to her at her 2-year well-baby check-up...that way, if something goes wrong, we've got a doctor right there!

Recent outings have included our neighborhood block party - Armatage, the neighborhood we actually live in, not just other neighborhood parties I've crashed - and The Works, a hands-on, minds-on museum of technology a few miles from our house. Since Romelie is very into stickers and stamps on the backs of her hands, we decided we'd get her hand painted (as opposed to her face painted, which we figured she would not enjoy). She got balloons, which she's also very into lately (we have sidewalk chalk which is shaped like eggs which she called balloons but pronounces bubbles...it's very confusing, I know). She kept calling it her pretty for the rest of the evening. And at The Works, we got to play with cool light-bending technology and other things that I don't quite understand but enjoy playing with. Romelie liked the bended mirrors.

And other than counting, Romelie's most recent accomplishment/development involves becoming more helpful. For example, she's suddenly very into cleaning. She'll still pull every diaper out of the basket but then she'll put them all back, albeit not very well, or not in the correct place - she'll very helpfully put all her clean diapers into the dirty diaper pail, for example. At bath time, she'll get all her bath toys and put them in the bath while I'm running the water. When she needs a diaper changed, she'll hand me a clean one. And she has started dressing herself. Still needs a bit of work on that one, though! Her hair is also getting pretty long - I managed to get a ponytail in this weekend without her taking it out. I still need to figure out what to do about her bangs, though. I don't want to cut them, but she won't let me clip them back, so they're in her face all day. Ah...silly beauty dilemnas.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

This is how I exercise my stomach muscles

I will do a longer update on our most recent escapades soon, but I thought I'd share this video that Chason took just an hour or so ago. Romelie was using me as her own personal jungle gym -bouncing, diving, and sliding on and around me, as well as demanding horse rides. So even though I went to the gym this afternoon, this is the best ab workout I've had all year.

video

Friday, July 17, 2009

Family fun time

Since I haven't blogged since JUNE, I'm sure I've forgotten some fun or cute events that happened in the last few weeks. So I'll focus on the big ones.

First of all, we made it through our week without daycare. My dad watched Romelie on Tuesday and Wednesday (thanks, Dad!), and then Romelie and I headed up to my mom and John's place for the weekend. My mom was scheduled to be on jury duty, so I didn't know if Romelie and I would be spending a lot of time on our own, so I looked up all the fun things to do in the area just in case. Luckily my mom was dismissed on her first day, so we did fun things together. We went swimming in a lake, which Romelie enjoyed. She sat in the shallowest part of the lake and played in the sand for 20-30 minutes. Good times. We went out to eat, went to storytime at the library, checked out some thrift stores (where I ran into someone I used to work with - Chris Kind, who was also the videographer at our wedding - small world!!), did some grilling, and watched a few movies at home. Nice and relaxing weekend.

We headed back on Saturday, July 4, but didn't go to see any fireworks. Romelie needed sleep more than she needed to be frightened by loud noises.

And then last Thursday (7/9), Diane flew in and Bronwyn, Shane, Torin, and Greta arrived! (Drove up from Texas, wowza.) We had a great time with the family in town. I had to work for part of the time, but Chason was able to take more time off, so we were able to do a lot in the five-day weekend. The weather was perfect, so we spent a lot of time in the backyard. Greta and Romelie got along really well for the first time, too! In the past, Greta has tried to hug Romelie or play with her toys or something, and Romelie (who you probably know by now can be pretty sensitive) would cry. Well, they were giving each other hugs and kisses - occasionally prompted by the adults since it's adorable when babies give each other sugar! - and sharing nicely. Greta was even helping out by feeding Romelie. Too cute.

We also got to see some sights with everyone. We went to see Lauren's new show at the Brave New Workshop (thanks for the tix, Lauren!) and went out for drinks afterwards. We went to the Walker and to the sculpture garden (everyone requisite Minneapolis photo op). We had a picnic on the lake, went to The Bakken for a mini-tour, went swimming, had Sebastian Joe's ice cream, and went to the best kids' bookstore, Wild Rumpus (where Romelie took every single stuffed animal off of it's shelf and stacked them up on a chair). Kevin came over on Thursday night and my dad came over for dinner on Sunday night, so we got to visit with other friends and family members. Greta, Bronwyn, and Diane joined Romelie and me for our Saturday morning music lessons. And eight people shared one bathroom! All in all, it was a fun weekend :) Unfortunately, Romelie did get pinkeye on Friday (not sure exactly from where), but we got a prescription right away and as far as I know, no one else got it. Which is a small miracle considering our family's track record for passing on illnesses during vacations.

Now we're back to our regular schedule. Romelie's back in daycare, Chason and I are back to work (I'm SUPER busy at The Bakken between summer camp and our new energy programs that go out on MONDAY! Eek...). But in general everyone's doing well. And it looks like we might get to see Paul and Carrie in Wisconsin next month, and then Steve and Angel are planning to come up to Mpls for Labor Day weekend. Yay for spending time with family :)

BTW, Romelie's got new words, new quirks, and new dance moves...but I'll fill everyone in on the details another day. In the meantime, enjoy these cute pictures of Romelie and Greta.